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BYD unveils North America-s largest electric bus plant

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Added On October 9, 2017

Chinese carmaker BYD has unveiled its expanded battery-electric bus manufacturing facility in the U.S. city of Lancaster in southern California.
 
It is BYD's largest electric bus factory in North America.
 
This expansion is an addition of a new wing to the current BYD Coach and Bus space, bringing the total manufacturing facility to nearly 42,000 square meters, quadrupling the size of its facility from its initial 2013 footprint. 
  
The growth of BYD Coach and Bus reflects a rapid transition to electric transportation and will allow BYD to build up to 1,500 battery-electric buses annually.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): KEVIN MCCARTHY, US Congressman
"I think it's a great partnership making the investment in America. The stronger China and America can become, the stronger the world will be."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): KEVIN DE LEON, California Senate President Pro Tempore
"Whatever technologies exist like BYD, in Shenzhen, in China, coming to California, exporting their products in California. We rather have no exportations. We rather have these jobs created in California. This is what BYD did."
 
California has been facing serious air pollution and traffic congestions.
 
Founder and Chairman of the BYD said his company is bringing in technologies to help tackle these issues when considering the BYD's global strategy. 
 
SOUNDBITE(CHINIESE): WANG CHUANFU, Chairman of BYD 
"These are important parts of our global strategy. BYD aims to tackle pollution and traffic congestion. I think electric vehicle is a good solution for curing urban pollution while our skyrail system can ease traffic congestion. And California is in the front rank of developing electric vehicles."
 
Since BYD established its U.S. electric bus manufacturing capabilities in Los Angeles County, the company has created nearly 800 full-time jobs across the state.
 
BYD said that the manufacturing facility expansion will enable BYD to hire up to 1,200 full-time workers at top production-line capacity.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): GUILLERMO GARCIA, BYD staff  
"We started with seven employees and I was one of them. Now we have 800 employees. It's amazing how a company grow in four years, from seven employees to 800 employees."
 
SOUNDBITE(English): GUY STUART WRIGHT, BYD staff 
"(Chinese company) is organized in so many ways, from the structure, from the technology, from the office personnel. Very structured, very reliable and very complete management system that they have in place."
 
The company has delivered 137 electric buses in the U.S. and Canada, including more than 75 buses this year.
 
By the end of this year, it will have delivered 70 all-electric trucks to 15 customers in North America, with orders for more than 140 trucks to-date. 
 
Data shows Chinese companies invested a record 46 billion U.S. dollars in the U.S. in 2016, triple the amount seen in 2015 and a tenfold increase compared to just five years ago.